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Health and Social Care: BTEC

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

Entry Requirements: Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. A BTEC Health and Social Care Level 2 pass will also be considered when applying.


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Learn about the health and social care sector

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care aims to provide an introduction to the sector. It is for students who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme. It is equivalent in size to one A-level.


The course

The following are mandatory topics relevant across the health and social care sector:

  • Human lifespan development (externally assessed): students cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing.
  • Working in health and social care (externally assessed): students explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.
  • Meeting individual care and support needs (internally assessed): students focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.

Students will also study one optional unit (all internally assessed) from: sociological perspectives, psychological perspectives, supporting individuals with additional needs and physiological disorders and their care.



There are four units of which three are mandatory and two are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).


Beyond the classroom

Our friendly, supportive staff frequently run support sessions for students outside of class.



Taken alongside other level 3 courses such as biology, psychology, English, history or PE; Health & Social Care can lead to degree courses in nursing, medicine, education or sport studies to name a few.